Day 3 of the arts festival was another huge success! This night was called ‘Championship Wednesday’ and was comprised entirely of arts groups at North Pointe that have won a state championship this year. This included HS Speech and Debate, Competition Percussion, Robotics, and Pom. The Pre is so proud of all the students that have risen to this high achievement level in the 2014-2015 school year!
Speech and Debate was represented by state champions Chrycia Legendre, Tommee Gleason, Zachary Hugo, and Troy Tauscher. Although they each won titles in different categories, their performances were all equally impressive, mesmerizing, and completely incredible. Arts Department Chair Chris Holtzem said, “I think that the things they do are so remarkable, and it’s incredibly important that students at the school see what Speech and Debate is really about. Their eyes need to be opened about what being a part of this activity truly means and these incredible students need to be recognized for their skills.”
Pom defended their state title this year, taking it for the second year in a row. Pom is always a crowd pleaser when they put on their performances, but they really brought it in their revisitation of their award winning routine.
Competition Percussion took their first state title this year, in only their fourth year of existence in the activity. They have never been below sixth place and really brought the heat this year with their show titled, ‘What Goes Around’ which was a concept show about things that spin, flip, rotate, and essentially go around. With brightly colored uniforms, incredible conceptual ideas such as frisbees, umbrellas, and gymnastic combinations, they were able to wow the crowd and show them was competition percussion is truly about: Putting on a great and memorable show. “I have been overwhelmed by emotion with the success these awesome students have had this year. I couldn’t have asked for a better group and their teamwork and perseverance were made clear with their performance quality throughout this season” said director Chris Holtzem.
The Robotics team had a year for the books in 2015. Not only did they do incredibly in Arizona, but they also merited a spot at Nationals in Iowa. This intelligent, fantastic group of students competed at nationals this year and made tremendous progress in their programming and overall performance at their competition. They wowed the audience with knowledge about how much work and planning their activity takes, letting them know that not only do they create the robots, but they also build and program their abilities and controls all by themselves. “We learned so much at nationals this year and had an absolute blast competing there. I can’t wait to take everything from this year and use it to build an even stronger program next year” said coach Gabriela Gorosics.